Children in church

We value children at St James's. We are also committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults to worship and grow in Christ safely. A Children’s Ministry Team, led by the Children's and Families Worker co-ordinates the various activities. It has also formalised a recruitment process for volunteers. 

Sunday worship with families particularly in mind (all are welcome)

A new service, Together at Eleven, was started after Easter in 2017 and is held every Sunday in term time, sometimes continuing through the holidays.
The All Age Service happens at particular times in the year, for example Mothering Sunday, Harvest and Christingle.
Occasional special services are held, for example a well attended Pet Service (not just for children).

Activities for children (all are welcome)

St James's Ark runs on Monday mornings in term-time and attracts up to twenty families; as well as free play there is a story / song time. 
Immediately after the Together at Eleven services there are refreshments for both children and their carers in the church, together with supervised craft activities.
During the 9.30am Sunday services in term time the Sunday School, Shell Seekers, is held in the hall.
Youth Socials The older children, who have outgrown Shell Seekers, have now formed their own Youth Club led by the Children's and Families Worker, Dani. The core group of young people meet together monthly when they’ve enjoyed playing card games, team trivia, going ice skating at Hampton court palace, and attending the Unity project worship/game nights with area churches and youth groups. This group helps the young people grow in fellowship, together with food and games. It also helps them spiritually as they take the time to pray and chat about God’s relevance in their lives.

Social events for families with young children (all are welcome)

Several children's parties have been held since Revd Derek Winterburn became our tenth vicar. These have included regular paddling pool tea parties in the vicarage garden, a teddy bears picnic, a late summer party, a celebration of light as an alternative to Halloween and an Epiphany party. 

Musical groups for children to join

Do you enjoy singing? If you do then come along and sing in the choir. Find out more on the page Choir.
Can you play a musical instrument? If you can then come along and play in our instrumental group, St James's Players. Find out more on the page St James's Players music group.


• St James's has an active relationship with the local schools who are always welcomed into the church.
The clergy and Dani often visit schools and from time to time take assemblies.
• Groups from the schools visit to learn about the church to help with their Religious Education work.
• The local schools are welcomed for their own special services, especially their Christmas Carol Services.

During 2019 Dani, together with some volunteers, ran an after-school club for half a term in the summer and a summer holiday club held at the end of August was very popular. This ministry to local schools grew significantly since Dani was appointed and has resulted in ninety Year 1 children from Carlisle Infant School coming to St James's for a three-day Easter Experience event in 2019. Many volunteers helped bring the Easter story alive and share the love of God with children who might not have experienced it before. Through hands-on storytelling, visual displays and prayer stations, the children learnt about Jesus’s last week and were given opportunities to respond creatively. Derek and Dani are already looking forward to how they might do a similar event around Christmas time, and how they might facilitate more than one school coming though. They also have plans for INSET day clubs,

Uniformed Groups

St James's also has an active relationship with the uniformed groups who are always welcomed into the church. Although they are not strictly Church organisations, being 'open groups', they nevertheless sometimes attend the church parade All Age services. The scouts generally help with the autumn gutter clean and leaf clearance and they always support the Remembrance Day 11am service at the war memorial in the churchyard. They form a guard of honour with their flags.
For the Brownies and Guides contact or 0800 1 69 59 01 and for the Scouts contact or 020 8286 6918

Find out more

Family worship through the years 
St James's provision for children through the years

Children Children Children

An All Age service

Uniformed groups

Children's activities